Very soon, planning and development of the city’s road and transport infrastructure along with regulation of the multi-modal transport system will be taken care of by one agency, the Delhi Urban Mass Transit Authority (DUMTA).
On Monday, the Delhi Cabinet cleared a Bill to set up the umbrella body to solve all transport, infrastructure development and traffic management issues in the city.
The Bill will now be sent to the Centre for approval from the ministries of home, urban development and roads and highways, before its is tabled in the Delhi Assembly.
Once the authority is set up, all agencies involved in road maintenance, engineering, traffic and transport, such as engineering wings of MCD and NDMC, PWD, DDA and Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System, will be part of DUMTA.
All road and transport projects will be planned and approved by DUMTA thus doing away with delays in implementation, officials said.
Interestingly, the list of 11 members that DUMTA will have on its board does not include officials from the Traffic Police of the Delhi Police. Senior Delhi government officials, however, said there would be regular coordination with the traffic police without which the traffic problems of Delhi cannot be solved.
According to Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, who will also be the chairperson of the body, “The multiplicity of authorities is a major constraint in development of infrastructure in the city.” She said the government does not have any control over planning, land and land-use, which is affecting the transport sector.
Since there is no coordination between various agencies responsible for construction and management of road network, transport department and the traffic police, senior Delhi government officials said DUMTA would integrate the agencies.
However, DUMTA’s formation will result in closure of Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre, which currently coordinates the implementation of carious traffic and transport policies planned for the Capital.